Unsung Hero: JC Thanksgiving Meal Volunteers


By WSIL Manager

JOHNSTON CITY -- Everyone loves Thanksgiving dinner, but not everyone has a family to enjoy it with. That's why community meals, like the one at First United Methodist Church in Johnston City, are so important.

"It's held at the Methodist Church- but people help from all over the community," says volunteer Philip Crosby.

For the past five years volunteers have been starting Thanksgiving day early in this kitchen, packing meals to be delivered to those who can't make it out.

"It is a touching issue because there's so many people that don't have the finances for a good meal or they don't have family or they're just secluded and isolated and not able to get out," says volunteer Lonnette Lindsey.

Lonnette's brother Robert Poff got the tradition started here, and despite the recent death of her friend and fellow organizer Fran Brown, Lois McIntosh is keeping the community meal going strong.

Lois says she watches new bonds form every year as people come in to eat.

"They probably know them and if they don't know them, they get acquainted," Lois says.

"I feel like Lois- even though she's lost her friend- has really been the biggest impact on it," says Lonnette. "I consider it an honor to help them."

This Thanksgiving, we thank all of the community dinner volunteers, not just for creating a delicious feast, but for sharing kindness in the true spirit of the holiday.

"Thanksgiving is the holiday when it doesn't matter whether you're strangers or whether you're family- you need to get together with other people," says Lonnette.
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